Match Info

Date: 15/04/2019
Kick-Off: 7:45pm
Competition: League
Venue: Richmond Park

Officials

Referee: Paul McLaughlin
Assistants: Michelle O'Neill and Brian Fenlon
4th Official: Derek Tomney

St Patrick's Athletic vs Derry City

Three first half goals from Derry City saw them blitz St Patrick's Athletic at Richmond Park to make it four straight league wins.

Patrick McClean, Gerardo Bruna and Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe got the goals for the Candystripes as the hosts finished with 10 men.

The deserved victory, Derry's fifth on the spin in all competition, moves them second in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division and now sets up nicely the visit of leaders Shamrock Rovers to the Brandywell on Friday night.

With perhaps one eye on that big home clash to come, Derry boss Declan Devine made three changes from last Friday's 2-0 win at UCD, the most notable benching captain Barry McNamee.

St Pat's made just one enforced switch from their 1-1 draw at Cork City with Ciaran Kelly coming in for the suspended Dave Webster.

The in-form Candystripes started on the front foot and stunned the home crowd to take the lead inside two minutes.

There appeared little danger when Greg Sloggett laid the ball off to McClean.

The Derry left-back had other ideas as he struck a dipping left-foot shot that seemed to deceive St Pat's keeper Brendan Clarke as it squirmed under him into the far corner of the net for McClean's second goal for his home town club.

Struggling to get ball off Derry, it was 15 minutes before the home side threatened.


Referee Paul McLaughlin red cards Kevin Toner of St Patrick's Athletic
The nimble feet of Darragh Markey worked a one-two with Rhys McCabe to get in behind the Derry rearguard. The little midfielder's shot lacked power, though, as Peter Cherrie comfortably gathered.

But two minutes of St Pat's indiscipline turned the game further in Derry's favour.

First, an 18th minute foul on Darren Cole brought a free kick some 25 yards out with the visitors taking full advantage to double their lead.

Argentinian Bruna whipped a direct strike up and over the wall and into the bottom left corner of Clarke's net.

And it got worse for St Pat's just one minute later.

Defender Kevin Toner recklessly lunged into Derry skipper Ciaron Harkin on the halfway line. Donegal referee Paul McLaughlin didn't hesitate in brandishing a straight red card.

Continuing to pass the ball well, Derry extended their lead further on the half hour.


Derry's Patrick McClean and Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe celebrate
Cole's flighted cross from the right found Ogedi-Uzokwe who swept the ball home for his first league goal for the club.

Dispirited St Pat's needed a response and got it within two minutes, Gary Shaw meeting a Simon Madden diagonal ball from the right to glance a diving header past Cherrie to the net.

In a slow burner of a second half, Derry were first to threaten just before the hour mark.

Eoghan Stokes found space on the right to arc over a pacy cross which David Parkhouse flicked wide.

To their credit, St Pat's worked hard to play their way back into the game with Shaw inches wide with another header from a Madden delivery on 65 minutes.

But the irreversible damage had been done in the first half for Harry Kenny's Saints as Derry now look forward to the visit of Shamrock Rovers on Friday with a spring in their step.

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BUY MATCH TICKETS


Date Competition Home Team Away Team
April, 19th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Sligo Rovers1REPORT
April, 15th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Derry City3REPORT
April, 5th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Dundalk0REPORT
April, 1st 2019LeagueCupSt Patrick's Athletic1Dundalk2REPORT
March, 8th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Shamrock Rovers1REPORT
February, 25th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Finn Harps0REPORT
February, 18th 2019LeinsterSnrCupSt Patrick's Athletic3Wexford0REPORT
February, 15th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Cork City0REPORT
February, 8th 2019FriendlySt Patrick's Athletic0Drogheda United0REPORT
October, 26th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic5Derry City0REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
April, 12th 2019LeagueCork City1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
March, 29th 2019LeagueBohemians1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
March, 15th 2019LeagueWaterford2St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
March, 1st 2019LeagueUCD1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
February, 22nd 2019LeagueSligo Rovers0St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
February, 1st 2019FriendlyShelbourne0St Patrick's Athletic3REPORT
January, 12th 2019FriendlyWexford0St Patrick's Athletic3REPORT
October, 19th 2018LeagueLimerick0St Patrick's Athletic4REPORT
October, 5th 2018LeagueDundalk1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
September, 28th 2018LeinsterSnrCupShelbourne1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
April, 15th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Derry City3REPORT
October, 26th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic5Derry City0REPORT
August, 24th 2018FaiCupDerry City1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
July, 27th 2018LeagueDerry City2St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
May, 18th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic5Derry City2REPORT
March, 30th 2018LeagueDerry City2St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
October, 27th 2017LeagueDerry City1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
July, 14th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Derry City1REPORT
April, 28th 2017LeagueDerry City2St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
October, 28th 2016LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Derry City2REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
April, 19th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Sligo Rovers1REPORT
April, 15th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Derry City3REPORT
April, 12th 2019LeagueCork City1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
April, 5th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Dundalk0REPORT
March, 29th 2019LeagueBohemians1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
March, 15th 2019LeagueWaterford2St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
March, 8th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Shamrock Rovers1REPORT
March, 1st 2019LeagueUCD1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
February, 25th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Finn Harps0REPORT
February, 22nd 2019LeagueSligo Rovers0St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT